Roscrea Mart on Bank Holiday Monday June 4th, 2018 was a hive of activity when three renowned herds – Grangeford, Ballinrahin and Baileys – came together to hold their inaugural production sale of 17 incalf and 34 maiden heifers. A tremendous line-up of top quality heifers – steeped in some of the best genetics available were auctioned by Denis Barrett. All but six of the heifers found new homes.
Commenting prior to the sale Gary Morrissey of the Grangeford herd said: Welcome to the first production sale from the Grangeford Herd. After a number of years working hard to build a herd of quality Limousin cows, we find ourselves in the position to offer, for sale, a superb batch of breeding females.
By bringing our herds together, Mick Malone (Ballinrahin), Tom Bailey (Baileys) and Myself (Grangeford) figured we could gather together 50 or so top quality heifers to offer at auction.
Between us three, we hope you will find a pen of the highest quality heifers in Roscrea Mart on June 4 and we wish all our successful customers the very best with their new purchases and hope they go on and be very lucky indeed.
Our selection of heifers comes from our top bloodlines in the herd, most notably Goldies Flojo, who has bred two All-Ireland Champions in Grangeford Jojo and Grangeford Lady(Lot 4), Procters Ena, a tremendous Haltcliffe Vermount daughter who is granddam of Lot 1,2 and 35 and Woodroad Ann, a daughter of the renowned Nadia B who is granddam of lot 17 and 34.
The first daughters of Grangeford Jojo are also in my selection. Jojo has had tremendous success culminating in winning Overall male champion at the National Show in Tullamore 2015. Now our stock sire he is leaving some outstanding calves on the ground with a major plus being his ease of calving. Semen of Jojo is available through Bartley Finnegan Elite Pedigree Genetics.
We would like to thank all who helped out along the way including the staff in the Limousin office and at the Mart in Roscrea for all their assistance, and to Dennis Barret for auctioneering on the day.
The Grangeford herd which is based in Bennekerry, Co. Carlow put forward 12 heifers. Topping Gary’s consignment was Grangeford Lady Et – last years National Calf Champion at the National Show in Tullamore. Lady is a daughter of Ampertaine Elgin and Goldies Flojo (Grangeford’s foundation female). She has a Muscle score of 143 and a Skeletal Score of 125. Lady has continued to develop and stirred up huge interest in the sales ring. She was tapped down to Patrick Brennan for €12,800.
The first lot into the ring Grangeford Kacie commanded a selling price of €6,100. Kacie is a daughter of Ampertaine Commander and Grangeford Imogen a Wilodge Cerberus cow. Kacie’s dam Imogen needs no introduction, she has enjoyed a career on the show circuit. Kacie sold incalf to Gary’s homebred stock sire Grangeford Jojo Et –(the Overall National Champion in 2015). Kacie was acquired by the Corcamore herd in Clarina, Co. Limerick.
Grangeford Missie a 17 month old daughter of Grangeford Jojo sold for €5,300. Missie’s dam Grangeford Helena Et has Emerson and Sympa in her sire stack. Missie was acquired by Noel Kenny for his Tomriland herd based in Roundwood, Co. Wicklow.
David Cogan purchased Grangeford Mary Lu for his Clooncara Limousins herd based in Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. Mary Lu is a daughter of Grangeford Jojo Et and Grangeford Heart Breaker, a Haltcliffe DJ x Procters Ena daughter. Mary Lu changed hands for €4,500.
George McCague from Newry, Co. Down purchased March 2017 born Grangeford Miss World for €4,100. Miss World has Grangeford Jojo Et, Wilodge Cerberus and Tistou.
Another granddaughter of Gary’s foundation female Goldies Flojo.- Grangeford Lassie sold for €4,000. Lassie’s dam Grangeford J-Lo Et is a maternal sister of Jojo. Lassie a November 2016 born heifer was purchased by Vincent O’Sullivan from Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.
Patrick Brennan also secured Grangeford Libbie for his herd in Ballylinnan. Libbie is a daughter of Ampertaine Foreman and the Grahams Samson dam Grangeford Happy Et. Libbie sold for €4,000.
Grangeford Kate, a Bahut daughter sold to Joe Maher, Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny for his Parkhill herd. Kate sold for €3,800 she was scanned in calf to Grangeford Jojo.
Grangeford Kathryn, an incalf daughter of Ampertaine Commander and Grangeford Hope Et sold to the Corcamore herd for €3,500. Kathryn is incalf to Jojo.
Grangeford Lola, a Lodge Hamlet x Grangeford Heart Breaker daughter sold for €2,700. Lola is also incalf to Jojo. She was purchased by Donnchadh Dowling, Clonard, Co. Laois.
Grangeford Lady Laboutin, a Mullary Intrepid daughter sold for €2,000 to Bartley Finnegan, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Lady Laboutin has Sympa and Haltcliffe Vermount in her dam’s Grangeford Isle of Grace ET lineage.
Grangeford Lucy Lu commanded a selling price of €1,800. Lucy Lu has Ampertaine Gigolo, Wilodge Goldcard and Haltcliffe Vermount in her sire stack. She was acquired by Frank Hynes, Loughrea, Co. Galway.
Commenting prior to the sale Mick Malone of Ballinrahin Limousin herd said: Ballinrahin Limousin was established in 2004 with the purchase of two females from Pelletstown Limousin herd owned by Dr Rodger McCarrick. Over the next number of years, we build our herd with purchases from the Castleview herd and the Roundhill herd but to name a few.
Our herd began to grow even further with the purchase of Foxhill Farm Isadora at the Red Ladies sale in Carlisle and Ampertaine Harmony soon after at the Cowportation dispersal sale in Carlisle also.
Both of these cows have females in the sale today. Isadora, going back to the great breeding cows Bankdale Channel and Bankdale Alice on the dam line with Lots 13 and 43.
Ampertaine Harmony needs no introduction, breeding Ballinrahin Kent who was very successful for us becoming September champion at the World Limousin Congress in 2016 and is senior stock bull at Ballinrahin. The first of Kents calves are on the ground and we are very happy with them but most importantly easy calved. Ballinrahin Kent semen will be available by the end of the year. Ampertaine Harmony’s natural heifer is entered into the sale today, lot number 16 sired by Kaprico Eravelle. This heifer would be a big addition to any herd.
We would like to thank all for their help to get our heifers here today but to name a few Kevin from Millrose Limousin, Roscrea Livestock sales, the Irish Limousin Cattle Society and my wife Frances and the girls.
On behalf of myself and the other two breeders, we wish all the purchasers the best of luck with their new stock.
Topping Mick Malone’s prices was the Loosebeare Fantastic daughter Ballinrahin Karen at €4,700. Karen is incalf to Lodge Hamlet. Her dam Foxhillfarm Isadora has Wilodge Tonka, Bankdale Chanel and Bankdale Alice in her linage. The Corcamore herd based in Clarina, Co. Limerick acquired Karen.
Pat Feehily purchased Ballinrahin Lulu for his Ash Grove herd based in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Lulu is a daughter of Kaprico Eravelle and Ampertaine Harmony. She sold incalf to Elderberry Galahad for €3,800.
At the same selling price €3,800 was Ballinrahin Marbles (the Malone families favourite young heifer). Marbles is by Grangeford Jojo Et and has Rocky and Fidele in her dam’s sire stack. She was purchased by Micheal O’Sullivan for his herd which is based in Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.
Ballinrahin Laina a two year old Loosebeare Fantastic daughter was acquired by the Corcamore herd for €3,500. Laina’s dam Ballinrahin Geraldine has Sympa, Highlander and Jeu in her pedigree.
George McCague purchased Ballinrahin Kirsten for his herd based in Newry. Kirsten is an incalf daughter of Ampertaine Commander and Ballinrahin Hortensia (one of Ballinrahin’s best breeding cows, with Espoir and Imperial in her pedigree).
Ballinrahin Liticia, a full sister to Ballinrahin Karen (sold for €4,700 at this sale) commanded a selling price of €3,000. Born in September 2016, Laticia was purchased, incalf to Lodge Hamlet, by Timothy Kelly, Kilnaboy, Co. Clare.
Fetching €2,900 was Ballinrahin Kayla a Plumtree Vantastic daughter. Kayla sold in calf to Lodge Hamlet. She was purchased by Patrick O’Reilly, Doogarry, Co. Cavan.
Noel O’Neill, Knockananna procured the Wilodge Goldcard daughter Ballinrahin Lexia. This two year old heifer is a daughter of the Ballinrahin herds donor cow Ballinrahin Georgette (Ultime x Fieldson Alfy), she sold for €2,900.
Ballinrahin Lisa 2 Et an embryo daughter of Ballinrahin Georgette and Ampertaine Foreman sold to Patrick O’Reilly. Lisa sold for €2,500, she was scanned incalf to Elderberry Galahad.
Finding a new home in Kilnaboy, Co. Clare in the herd of Timothy Kelly was Ballinrahin Lotty. September 2016 born Lotty sold scanned incalf to Elderberry Galahad for €2,500. She has Ampertaine Gigolo and Sympa in her sire stack.
The Gamin daughter Ballinrahin Jacey sold for €2,400. Jacey is in calf to the home bred breed bull Ballinrahin Kent who was National Calf Champion at the World Limousin Congress, which was held in Ireland in 2016. Jacey was the second purchase for Noel O’Neill, Knockananna.
Ballinrahin Libbie, a two year old Wilodge Goldcard sold for €2,400. Libbie was acquired by Stephen Moran, Killeshin, Co. Carlow. She is in calf to Lodge Hamlet.
Pauric McAnenly, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan purchased Ballinrahin Milly Et, a 15-month old daughter of Ampertaine Foreman and the donor dam Ballinrahin Georgette. Milly sold for €2,400.
The New Quay herd of Derek Daly, Burren, Co. Clare purchased Ballinrahin Laoise for €2,200 . Laoise is a daughter of Kaprico Eravelle . She sold in calf to Mereside Godolphin.
Ballinrahin Melissa also sold for €2,200. Melissa has Ampertaine Gigolo, Wisharts Dantheman and Rocky in her sire stack. She was acquired by Croagh, Co. Limerick based Brian Frawley.
Andrew Ewing, Dumbretton, Scotland purchased three heifers paying €1,700 for each of the three. Ballinrahin Ladonna is Wilodge Joskins daughter, with Sympa and Epson in her dam’s sire stack.
Ballinrahin Lorraine also by Wilodge Joskins, has Ramses and Duvalier in her dam’s pedigree.
Ballinrahin Mikeala is a daughter of Ampertaine Foreman and Roundhill Cjoconde 1018.
Tom Bailey of the Baileys herd commented prior to the sale: The Baileys Limousin herd was founded in 1998 with the purchase of 8 heifers that year. There are sixty cows currently in the herd with four cows being used in our flushing programme. The cows are Turquoise, Dunmore Valerie, Roundhill Vjoyeuse, and Red Paths Unity.
The herd has bred some outstanding males and females in the past years. Baileys Iceprincess a daughter of Roundhill Vjoyeuse was crowned the champion at the World Limousin Congress 2016, National Champion Tullamore 2015 & 2016 and Balmoral Champion 2015.
Baileys Aubergine was Reserve Female Champion Balmoral 2007 whose son Baileys Eldorado sold for £17000gns to Grahams herd.
This is the first production sale in many years for the herd due to high volume numbers of females. All our heifers in today’s sale have been scanned and all are correct and right for breeding by Dr Dan Ryan.
I am delighted to be involved in today’s sale with Gary & Mick. I want to thank the Limousin Society for all the assistance throughout the years. I also want to thank the staff and Management of Roscrea Mart for all their help today. A special word of thanks to Denis Barrett – Auctioneer. We wish every purchaser the very best of luck and everyone a safe journey home.
Reaching top call for the Baileys herd was Baileys Minnie. This 14 month old heifer is a daughter of current herd stock sire Goldies Jackpot. Her dam Baileys Irene is a daughter of Queenshead Altea and Baileys Clodagh. Minnie was purchased by Kelly Stephenson for her Glenford herd based in Donard, Co. Wicklow for a five figure sum.
Also selling for a five figure sum was Baileys Laura. This December 2016 born heifer has Goldies Jackpot, Queenshead Altea and Nenuphar in her sire stack. Her purchaser was Kelly Stephenson of the Glenford herd.
Selling for €5,100 was Baileys Molly a 14-month old daughter of Goldies Jackpot. Molly’s is a grand-daughter of Roundhill Vjoyeuse 820 Et, the dam of the renowned show cow Baileys Iceprincess. Molly was purchased by Cherryvalley Estate, Co. Antrim.
Baileys Lucy, a Queenshead Altea daughter, whose dam Woodhouse Abbie was part of the Baileys show team, sold for €4,800. Lucy was also purchased by Cherryvalley Estate.
Mohill, Co. Leitrim based Ciaran McNulty purchased Baileys Lexi for €4,300. Lexi has Queenshead Altea, Redpaths Pelican and Broadmeadows Cannon in her lineage.
George McCague purchased Baileys Lavina for €4,300. Lavina is a daughter of Goldies Jackpot and Baileys Ipad. Her grand-dam Woodhouse Beatty was an integral part of the Baileys herd show team.
Heading to Tyrone to the herd of Mervin Robinson is Baileys Melania, another Goldies Jackpot daughter. Melania’s dam Baileys Eternal is a full sister of Baileys Hanley (Roscrea Premier Sale October 2013 Champion). Melania sold for €4,300.
€3,500 was the selling price of Baileys Laptop. This December 2016 born daughter of Goldies Jackpot was acquired by Cherryvalley Estates.
Frank Hynes purchased Baileys Lancome for €3,200. Lancome has Queenshead Altea, Kilcoursey Ris and Villy in her sire stack.
Finding a new abode in the herd of Brian Frawley, Croagh, Co. Limerick was Baileys Monica Et. Monica is the daughter of the donor cow Turquoise (who is grandmother to Baileys Darwin, sire of Baileys Iceprincess) and Ampertaine Gigolo. Monica sold for €3,200.
The Rathnestin herd of Raymond Bird, Dundalk, Co. Louth acquired Baileys Lavita for €3,000. Lavita has Queenshead Altea, Curraghree Vantheman and Pelletstown Newman in her sire stack.
Heading to Antrim and Cherryvalley Estates in Baileys Misty a Goldies Jackpot daughter. Misty’s grand-dam, Dunmore Valerie is the mother of Baileys Hanley – Male of the year 2013. She sold for €3,000.
Gavin Sutchall, Maynooth, Co. Kildare purchased Baileys Lara for €2,900. Lara is a daughter of Goldies Jackpot and Baileys Ida (a Baileys Darwin daughter).
Heading to the Rathnestin herd of Raymond Bird is Baileys Monique. This 12 month old heifer is a Goldies Jackpot and Baileys Eibhlin (dam of Bailey John, Male of the Year 2015 and Senior Male Champion at the National Show). €2,800 was her successful purchase price.